Councillors to decide whether to close Camerton yoga centre
A yoga centre in Camerton could be forced to close as soon as March because of a long-running planning dispute.
For four years, Charlotta Martinus, who owns Universal Yoga, has been battling with Bath and North East Somerset Council over the entrance and exit from the centre.
The council refuses to grant retrospective planning permission to allow her to turn her seven-bedroom home on Red Hill into a business because of highway safety concerns and today Bath and North East Somerset Council will decide whether to take enforcement action to close the yoga studio.
Ms Martinus, who employs eight yoga teachers, a gardener and a cleaner, will face forced closure if the authority decides to carry out enforcement action.
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She said: "I have tried everything to reach an agreement with B&NES and have made numerous suggestions including parking cars off site and offering part of my land to create a footpath but the council refuses to help me find a solution. It is a seven bedroom house and could easily have as many cars using it if it were just a home. I have information from the council that states there has not been an accident on the road in all the time we have been here so I do not understand why there is a problem. If I am forced to close I'm not sure what I will do. It would feel like I am letting people down by just shutting shop."
More than 100 letters of support have already been sent to Bath and North East Somerset
A spokesman for B&NES said: "The main issue is concern for road safety where people attending classes have to walk along a main road with insufficient pavement and will find it difficult to see on-coming traffic when crossing the road.
We also have safety concerns in respect of poor access, whether by visitors vehicles or a mini bus used to transport them from another location. There is the serious potential for a life threatening accident, especially given the extra traffic generated by the business."
The issues surrounding the yoga centre will be heard by B&NEs development control committee today at 2pm in The Guildhall, Bath.